At first it seems like good news. Retail drug spending slowed substantially to 0.4 percent, but hidden in another category, Physician and Clinical Services, spending increased. Drugs which are infused in a clinical setting are included in this category, such as cancer drugs and drugs for MS.Continue reading
- A study showing that one in four insulin-treated patients surveyed at an urban US diabetes center were found to be cutting back on insulin use because of cost has been published.
- The survey results also reveal that cost-related insulin underuse was associated with worse glycemic control and that more than a third of patients did not discuss the insulin underuse with their clinicians.
- Of those who completed the survey, 25.5% (51) reported cost-related insulin underuse.
Eight in ten Americans say that caregiving is the “new normal” in American families.
Forty million Americans are currently caregivers—almost as many as the number of Americans holding student debt.
These caregivers are providing assistance to nearly 50 million adults receiving care. Half became caregivers in the past year.
- Healthcare is already changing substantially.
- Among the changes are “walk-in” clinics and concierge hospitals.
- Changes will focus around two guiding principles: lowering costs and improving the patient experience.
- Illness symptoms/treatments and medication are most frequently cited as the types of health- related information sought online.
- Healthcare information concerns abound, particularly when it comes to credibility.
- 83% of Healthcare Information Seekers who are exposed to health information on social media are concerned about incorrect or misleading medical information.
- Only 35% of Healthcare Information Seekers who use social media report that, in their experience, the information on social media is mostly accurate
- The American healthcare system is a hellish tangle of bureaucracy, with various inefficiencies and injustices.
- A sensible healthcare system would have done something about for-profit drug companies who continually raise prices.
- America already pays enough to fund two generous universal healthcare systems for its citizenry.
- Many popular YouTube videos about prostate cancer contained biased or poor-quality information.
- There was a significant negative correlation between scientific quality and viewer engagement.
- The comments section underneath some videos contained advertising and peer-to-peer medical advice.
- A total of 115 videos (77%) contained potentially misinformative and/or biased content within the video or comments section, with a total reach of >6 million viewers.
- For online health seekers there is too much invalid health information and they are pretty much left to determine what’s based on medical knowledge and what’s garbage.